The ZTE Open has a mere 3.5 inch screen, a 1GHz single-core processor and 256MB of RAM with the entirely reasonable price of €39 (£33).
Mozilla claims it isn’t trying to take over the top-end of the market but instead wants to go after the still-expanding market of customers looking for their first smartphone.
As a package customers will in fact pay €69 as the phone comes bundled with €30 pay-as-you-go credit and 4GB storage card. One alternative is to pick the phone up on a 24 month contract with Telefónica for a piddling €2.38 per month
Additional features include a 3.2-megapixel camera and support for Wi-Fi and A-GPS. But the ZTE Open is most noteworthy for using Mozilla’s HTML-based Firefox OS. It supports the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Nokia’s Here maps but still has a long way to go to make any kind of impact against Android, iOS or Windows Phone.
Firefox may have made a smart move in opting for the emerging market to start with, but it will need to get apps on board sharpish in order to win over users.
- The Strain in Spain Could Help Firefox OS Take Root (technewsworld.com)
- Firefox OS tablet is a priority, will be arriving ‘ASAP’ according to Mozilla CTO (vr-zone.com)
- Mozilla: Firefox OS tablet is on the way “ASAP” (phonearena.com)
- First Firefox OS Smartphone, the ZTE Open, Launches in Spain Tomorrow for $90 (allthingsd.com)
- Telefónica, Mozilla and ZTE to launch Firefox OS in Spain on 2 July (digital.telefonica.com)